Originally Posted by OutOfTheLoop
Go on an internship with a certified trainer if you want to do it professionally, if you just want to do it for your own, then I would get more experience under my belt. 5 Yeats isn't much. I've been riding for 13, and I still learn new things all the time.
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I have to agree with this. Finding a trainer to work with will only improve your skills. I have been around horses for 14 years but just because I know how to discipline and school a horse does not mean I should actively be training it. I found other ways to offer the knowledge I had/have by being a groom for a professional reining barn and working with beginner riders at a local riding school and camp. You will quickly be made aware of holes in your horse knowledge.
While there ARE people who may approach you to train/work with their horse you should still be open to finding a network of horse people (mostly experienced in your discipline/similar areas) to further your education. Many of the adults I work with constantly site the fact that they're still learning new things after 20-30+ years in the business. I'll be clear that it's not as much of an age thing, as it is more of an experience thing. Age is a factor if you don't/can't present yourself professionally etc in my eyes. Posted via Mobile Device
ETA: Paradise has very good points too.